Articles by David Smith

More companies using R: Uber and CultureAmp

June 11, 2014 | David Smith

To follow on from this post, here are a couple more companies using R: Uber, the ride-share company, uses R for statistical analysis. According to econometric analysis of DUI incidents (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs) in Seattle, the introduction of the Uber service corresponded with a 10% decrease ... [Read more...]

In case you missed it: May 2014 Roundup

June 9, 2014 | David Smith

In case you missed them, here are some articles from May of particular interest to R users: Karl Broman's hipsteR guide lists some new(ish) features of R that early adopters may have missed. Joseph Rickert reviews the R/Finance 2014 conference and summarizes the R packages presented there. Plus, a ... [Read more...]

On the relevance of open source analytics

June 6, 2014 | David Smith

"A growing body of evidence that indicates that the most meaningful way to access predictive analytics and enhance the reputation of Data Science is through open source analytics, which greatly hinges upon the free open source programming language R", according to Dataversity in the recent article "The Relevance of Open ... [Read more...]

Reflections on the China R User Conference

June 6, 2014 | David Smith

It was a great honour to be able to present to the China R Users Conference in Beijing last month, and share various applications of R that I've encountered recently. I was really invigorated by the enthusiasm of the many R users at the conference, and everyone was very warm ... [Read more...]

A million new R users

June 4, 2014 | David Smith

Check out this tweet: Just found out that @rdpeng @jtleek @bcaffo have enrolled 1,000,000 students in statistics classes on @coursera in last 2 years. — Simply Statistics (@simplystats) May 30, 2014 Those courses include Roger Peng's Computing for Data Analysis and Jeff Leek's "Data Analysis", and they all use the R language. That means more ... [Read more...]

useR! 2014 conference update

June 2, 2014 | David Smith

The useR! 2014 conference promises to be the biggest yet, with more than 500 registrations already. But there's room for plenty more R users! Check out the update from the organizing committer below, and if you haven't already done so, register for the conference at the useR! 2014 website. We are exactly one ... [Read more...]

Microsoft uses R for Xbox matchmaking

May 21, 2014 | David Smith

If you've ever played online multiplayer games like Halo on the Xbox console, you'll know that being matched up with the right teammates and opponents is a critical part of the experience. Getting matched with an opponent that's way above your skill level isn't just demoralizing for you; it's also ... [Read more...]

Design the T-shirt for useR! 2014

May 16, 2014 | David Smith

The official T-shirt for the useR! 2014 R user conference (to be held June 30 - July 3 at UCLA) will be the result of open source contributions and reproducible research. The organizers of the conference are soliciting designs for the official T-shirt — but there's a catch. The image on the front of ... [Read more...]

Mini-Hackathon in Philadelphia, tonight!

May 14, 2014 | David Smith

If you're in the Philadelphia area and want to hack on some data with other R users this evening, come to the IntegriChain/Revolution Analytics Meetup at Drexel University. There will be an short lecture to introduce the problem, followed by a hacking session (virtual machines with Revolution R software ... [Read more...]

Facebook teaches you exploratory data analysis with R

May 12, 2014 | David Smith

Facebook is a company that deals with a lot of data — more than 500 terabytes a day — and R is widely used at Facebook to visualize and analyze that data. Applications of R at Facebook include user behaviour, content trends, human resources and even graphics for the IPO prospectus. Now, four ... [Read more...]

In case you missed it: April 2014 roundup

May 9, 2014 | David Smith

In case you missed them, here are some articles from April of particular interest to R users: Registration is now open for the useR! 2014 R conference in Los Angeles. A new Kaggle competition challenges R users to predict which shoppers will become repeat buyers. Data on R usage around the ... [Read more...]

Fast Company explains why R is good for business

May 7, 2014 | David Smith

In a new article for FastCoLabs, journalist Tina Amirtha has published a follow-up article to last month's piece on R's impact on open science. In her latest article, the focus is on how R is used at companies and displacing legacy statistics software like SAS: SAS is no match for ... [Read more...]

AdviseR: Technical Support for Open Source R

May 5, 2014 | David Smith

For more than 7 years, Revolution Analytics has provided expert technical support to users of the R language, as part of their annual subscription to Revolution R Enterprise (RRE). Now, all users of open source R can get the same expert technical support with our new AdviseR program, for just $795 per ... [Read more...]

Playing Threes and 2048 with R

May 2, 2014 | David Smith

I'll say it again: the 2048 game is horribly addictive. Luckily for my productivity, though, I've been playing a lot less of it since I finally managed to complete the game's main goal: combine and double-up like-numbered tiles until you create the ultimate 2048 tile: My strategy? Play the game like Tetris. ... [Read more...]

Registration now open for useR! 2014 in LA

April 30, 2014 | David Smith

Join hundreds of other R users from around the world at the annual worldwide R user conference useR! 2014, to be held June 30 - July 3 at the UCLA campus in Los Angeles. Registration is now open for attendees. Advance registration for the conference is just $375 — and even less for academics ($250) and ... [Read more...]

A world map of R user activity

April 28, 2014 | David Smith

R easily has more than two million users around the world, but where is R activity the most concentrated? That's the question that the team of R users at Rapporter seeks to answer, by combining data about locations of R Foundation members, package authors, package downloaders, and user group members ... [Read more...]
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